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10 Smart Celebrities Who Went to Ivy League Schools

10 Smart Celebrities Who Went to Ivy League Schools

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Let’s clear something up: Just because you’re a wildly successful Hollywood star doesn’t mean you’re not smart.

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In fact, there are plenty of actors who not only have solid educations to back them up, but attended Ivy League schools.

Some of these stars we already know are brainy — Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones are both Harvard grads, and Emma Watson famously made the decision to go to school at Brown University in 2009. But others are more under-the-radar: Did you know, for example, that “Glee” funny lady Jane Lynch went to Cornell University, or that Mindy Kaling graduated from Dartmouth?

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Check out 10 super-smart celebrities who went to Ivy League schools below:

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Mindy Kaling

Funny gal Mindy Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001, and in her book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?," she joked that she went to the Ivy League school to "pursue [her] love of white people and North Face parkas." With her theater degree, she continued on to TV fame (and racked up two million followers on Twitter). 

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Connie Britton

Actress Connie Britton majored in Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese at Dartmouth College.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson's decision to attend Brown University caused quite the stir in 2009. Since then, she took a brief leave of absence to focus on her acting career, but will be returning to finish her degree this year. We can't even imagine how many "Hermione" jokes that she was faced with in class.

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Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones is another female comedian with brains: In 1997, the actress graduated from Harvard (a celebrity favorite, it seems). Although she pursued a degree in acting, she also demonstrated her musical abilities by writing scores for the university's illustrious Hasty Pudding Club.

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman has a reputation in the industry for being brainy, and with good reason. The actress attended Harvard University and emerged with a degree in Psychology in 2003. A former professor commented on her academic performance, stating that "she is a very determined person and capable of focused effort over a sustained period. She is now demonstrating the results of that determination and focus." She also speaks Hebrew, French, Arabic, German and Japanese. Not too shabby.

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John Legend

John Legend attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving scholarship offers from Harvard, Georgetown and Morehouse before settling on his alma mater. In 1998 (a year before his graduation), a college friend introduced him to Lauryn Hill, who recruited him to play piano on her track "Everything is Everything," and in 2001, another college friend introduced him to Kanye West, who later worked with him.

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John Krasinski

John Krasinski is known for his role as lovable Jim on "The Office," though he's also quite intelligent, too. He graduated from Brown University in 2001, starting out with an interest in English literature before eventually pursuing theater. He spent the first half of his freshman year in Costa Rica teaching English to students, to boot.

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Lupita Nyong'o

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o attened Yale School of Drama, where she received a Masters in Acting.

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Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks caused quite a stir when the "America's Next Top Model" host announced she was heading to Harvard Business School. Banks has indeed attended business classes at Harvard, but did not receive a degree from the graduate school because she was enrolled in a special syllabus, called the "Owner/President Management Program," which is basically a certificate program rather than an actual M.B.A. degree.

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Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles graduated from Columbia University in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in English literature. Not unlike her bookwormish "10 Things I Hate About You" character, who was always reading Sylvia Plath.

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